Public opinion about cannabinoids and marijuana have transformed incredibly over the past few decades. THC, cannabinoids, and even marijuana are legal for medical application in the majority of states. Ten or fifteen years ago it would have been unthinkable for pot to be legal for recreational use but some states have even passed this law.
A group of substances derived from the cannabis plant (the marijuana plant, essentially) are known as cannabinoids. Notwithstanding their recent decriminalization in certain states, we’re still learning new things about cannabinoids. We often think of these particular substances as having universal healing properties, but current research reveals there may also be negative effects such as a strong link between cannabinoid usage and the occurrence of tinnitus symptoms.
Numerous Kinds of Cannabinoids
There are lots of forms of cannabinoids that can be taken now. It isn’t just weed (or ganja, or refer…..ok, there are plenty of nicknames for marijuana so let’s move ahead). Today, THC and cannabinoids are available in pill form, as topical spreads, as inhaled mists, and more.
Every state has different laws regarding which types of cannabinoids you can get, and many of those forms are still technically illegal under federal law if the THC content is more than 0.3%. That’s why many people are quite cautious about cannabinoids.
The concern is that we don’t yet know much about some of the potential side effects or risks of cannabinoid use. Some new research into how cannabinoids affect your hearing is a perfect example.
New Studies Into Cannabinoids And How They Affect Hearing
Whatever you want to call it, cannabinoids have long been linked to improving a wide range of medical ailments. Seizures, nausea, vertigo, and more seem to be improved with cannabinoids, according to anecdotally available evidence. So could cannabinoids assist with tinnitus? That’s exactly what scientists decided to find out.
Seems as if cannabinoids might actually cause tinnitus. Based on the research, over 20% of study participants who used cannabinoid products reported hearing a ringing in their ears. And these participants had never had tinnitus symptoms before the study. Additionally, marijuana users were 20-times more likely to report experiencing tinnitus symptoms after 24 hours.
Added research suggested that marijuana use could aggravate ear-ringing symptoms in those who already suffer from tinnitus. So, it seems fairly certain that tinnitus and cannabinoids aren’t really compatible.
How Cannabinoids worsen tinnitus
There are a couple of concrete ways that cannabinoids can make your tinnitus experience worse. To start with, the incidents of tinnitus symptoms can get more frequent, you might notice the ringing or buzzing in your ears more persistently. Also, your struggles with tinnitus can become more intense when you use cannabinoids. Louder ringing that can be much harder to ignore can be the result.
The research also seems to indicate that cannabinoids can cause the development of the initial symptoms of tinnitus. To put it a different way: after you begin using cannabinoids you could develop tinnitus symptoms even if you didn’t have them before.
The Causes of Tinnitus Are Unknown
We understand that there’s a link between tinnitus and certain triggers but we’re still not certain what the actual underlying causes are. It’s apparent that cannabinoids can have an effect on the middle ear and symptoms of tinnitus. But what’s causing that impact is much less clear.
But we are aware that marijuana is one of the few commonly used mood-altering substances that brings about tinnitus (alcohol, as an example, hasn’t been shown to have a strong connection to tinnitus).
Research, invariably, will continue. Cannabinoids these days come in so many types and forms that learning the fundamental connection between these substances and tinnitus would help people make smarter choices.
The Miracle Cure Beware
There has certainly been no lack of marketing hype surrounding cannabinoids lately. That’s partly because attitudes are changing about cannabinoids (and, to an extent, is also an indication of a desire to turn away from opioid use). But this new research makes clear that cannabinoids can and do bring about some negative effects, particularly if you’re concerned about your hearing.
The marketing for cannabinoids has been extremely aggressive and you can’t completely avoid all of the enthusiasts.
But cannabinoids and tinnitus are clearly associated based on this research. So if you have tinnitus, or if you’re concerned about tinnitus it might be worth steering clear of cannabinoids if possible, no matter how many adverts for CBD oil you might come across. The link between cannabinoids and tinnitus symptoms has been quite firmly demonstrated by the research, so it’s worth being careful.